Belgian artist Luc Tuymans is often referred to as one of Europe's most influential painters. He is a leader amongst a new generation of figurative painters, widely credited with having contributed to the revival of the painting in the 1990s. His use of photographic source material is a basis for his signature figurative paintings, which transform mediated film, television, and print sources into examinations of history and memory.
Tuymans takes his subjects from major historical events and everyday objects, though his approach to all images is analytical. His work has been presented as the focus of several retrospectives, including at the Tate Modern, 2004, the Wexner Center for the Arts, 2009, and BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels in 2011 and Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (2011).
The lecture coincides with an exhibition of his works at Qatar Museums Gallery ALRIWAQ through 30 January 2016.